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14 May

MR SILOS MOSIMA HUMANS WHO GROW FOOD

MR SILOS MOSIMA HUMANS WHO GROW FOOD E.A. Davidson is a public primary school located on 24 Rivers Farm in the Vaalwater district of the Limpopo Province, South Africa. In 2020 the EMS Foundation initiated a food security programme called a Growzone at this site. The programme is enormously successful and provides the children, and the broader […]

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29 Jul

“BE FIRST” THE OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXERS HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE

The OWBC will host an international invitational tournament in Hermanus at the new boxing club which is being built on the grounds of the Hermanus Waldorf School, in Sandbaai in Hermanus in November 2023. The event will showcase the remarkable raw talent and nurture the developing skills of the boxers. The boxers hope to captivate sports enthusiasts and impress everyone who attends.

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20 Jul

RISE AND DINE WORKING TOGETHER TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER

The EMS Foundation took the decision to enter into an agreement with the Lunchbox Fund in May 2023.  The Lunch-Box Fund was founded by South African born, Topaz Page-Green in 2005. The non-profit organisation fosters education through nutrition in townships and rural areas of South Africa.  The Lunch-Box Fund and the EMS Foundation share the same philosophy of providing breakfast and lunch to vulnerable and food insecure children in South Africa.  The provision of these encourages the children to attend school and the benefit of the nutritious meals encourages the children to concentrate and learn.

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16 Jun

ONE STEP AT A TIME

The Trustees and Management of the EMS Foundation and Shambala Private Game Reserve believe that every child in South Africa has the right to food and education. No child should be prevented from learning because they are hungry.

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21 Mar

BREAKING GROUND THE NEW HOME OF THE OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXING CLUB

The EMS Foundation broke ground at the Hermanus Waldorf School on the 18th of March 2023 for the construction new premises of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club. Coach and Founder of the well known club, which has produced national champions, is delighted as are the many boxers who attend the club.

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21 Mar

A SENSE OF COMMUNITY

The EMS Foundation and Shambala Private Game Reserve proudly attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Leseding Community Hall in Vaalwater in Limpopo Province. Both organisations were intricately involved in the refurbishment of the community hall which will provide a much needed space for the surrounding community members.

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16 Dec

A BOXER FROM THE OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXING CLUB SMASHES THE GLASS CEILING

The EMS Foundation sponsorship of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club included the team's attendance at the annual National Boxing Championships held in December 2022. This year the event was held in Durban in KwaZulu Natal. The EMS Foundation extended the invitation to include and assist boxers from Khayelitsha in Cape Town. OWBC boxers brought six medals back to the Western Cape, these included three gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal.

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8 Nov

EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY IN HERMANUS IN THE WESTERN CAPE OF SOUTH AFRICA

On the 8th of November 2022, the EMS Foundation officially opened the Hermanus Waldorf High School which currently consists of three classroom and associated facilities. The EMS Foundation generously donated these buildings to the Hermanus Waldorf School to serve the communities of Hermanus and Zwelihle.

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8 Nov

BUILDING CLASSROOMS AND UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL THAT TRANSFORMS THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS

Given the right tools children will be able to find and achieve their personal greatness which will then, in turn, lead them to help others. In 2022, the EMS Foundation continued its mandate to enrich the lives of the less fortunate communities in South Africa. The EMS Foundation aligns itself with community leaders who are […]

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12 Sep

OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXING CLUB CONTINUED TO PUNCH THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS IN 2022

The EMS Foundation is a proud supporter and the main benefactor of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club, which is currently located in Zwelihle in Hermanus, a seaside village situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.We reflect on what seems to be another monumental year in the making as the boxers of the OWBC continue to receive many accolades.

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12 Sep

OWBC CONTINUED HUNGER FOR ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE IN 2022

A TEAM FROM THE OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXING CLUB IS VOTED THE SECOND BEST IN THE PROVINCE The EMS Foundation is a proud supporter and the main benefactor of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club, which is currently located in Zwelihle in Hermanus, a seaside village situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.   We reflect […]

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7 Jul

EVERYDAY NEEDS TO BE NELSON MANDELA DAY

THE EMS FOUNDATION AND SHAMBALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE'S ROADMAP TO EMPOWERING CHILDREN IN LIMPOPO PROVINCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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3 Jun

Investing in Childhood Education in the Limpopo Province of South Africa

The EMS Foundation has empowered schools that are performing well, schools who have inspirational headmasters and headmistresses, the schools who are creating communities of learning where the power of education as a tool to change lives is recognised. 

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3 Jun

INVESTING IN EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

The EMS Foundation recognises the fact that there are many talented young people who can achieve world-class results if given the correct opportunities.  The foundation has discovered that there are schools in the regions in South Africa where the organisation is actively working are offering quality education, these deserving institutions are receiving our support. 

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22 Apr

THE EMS FOUNDATION ASSISTS THE FLOOD VICTIMS IN KWA ZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA

Since its inception, the EMS Foundation, has taken up the call to improve and uplift the lives of vulnerable South Africans and create a caring and truly sustainable future for all. As a social justice organisation, we cannot ignore the fact that more than four hundred people have lost their lives in the recent floods in KwaZulu Natal. Significant damage has been caused to an aging infrastructure, including the water and electricity supply, roads and bridges have been washed away, damage has been caused to schools and health facilities.

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8 Feb

INSPIRING GREATNESS

The EMS Foundation is launching an extensive project in 2022 which will empower the children and the youth living in Zwelihle in Hermanus, a seaside town situated south-east of Cape Town in South Africa.

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24 Dec

BURNLEY FC AND THE EMS FOUNDATION INSPIRING GREATNESS WITH THE OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXING CLUB IN HERMANUS

The next generation of humans is learning life-skills in the most turbulent of times, if nurtured correctly they will be the masters of change and resilience. We all underestimate the power we have within us to turn a life around.  The EMS Foundation seeks to promote the welfare of others and recognises the importance of investing time and sharing expertise with young people.

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17 Nov

SHAMBALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE AND THE EMS FOUNDATION FARM TO TABLE

Shambala Private Game Reserve and the EMS Foundation have established highly productive and organic food gardens at three local schools that are situated in the same district as Shambala. The schools are Boschdraai Primary School in Vaalwater, EA Davidson Primary School in Vaalwater and Moshia Secondary School in Alma. A fourth school, in Leseding in Limpopo will be added in 2022. 

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20 Oct

THESE SHOES ARE MADE FOR WALKING, EMS FOUNDATION AND SHAMBALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE INITIATIVE

In September 2021, the EMS Foundation and the Shambala Private Reserve donated 600 pairs of shoes to children in the Vaalwater district of Limpopo. Through our partnership we are committed to an on-going support of the children in that area.

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15 Oct

SHAMBALA AND EMS TUTUDESK CAMPAIGN IN LIMPOPO

“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.  We need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in.” Desmond Tutu

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28 Aug

PUNCH YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS AT THE OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXING CLUB

The founder of OWBC, Mzi Damesi, has an insatiable passion for boxing. He coaches children who live in Zwelihle at the club, which is housed in shipping containers. This club is not only is the training ground for aspiring young boxers it is also a place of refuge. Mzi Damesi's club keeps the children off the streets and out of harm's way. The club has become a safe haven for many children.

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27 Aug

A Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud

"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the President" Nelson Mandela

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18 Jul

EMS FOUNDATION CELEBRATES MANDELA DAY 2020

In honour of Nelson Mandela, the founder of the EMS Foundation, Elizabeth Steyn has delighted the smallest children in the care of the Non-Government Organisation called Where Rainbows Meet with warm jackets, hoodies and shoes.

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30 Apr

THUMA MIA, I AM HERE, SEND ME, Inspiring Us to Serve

A life-saving food delivery from Pick n Pay purchased by the Trustees of the EMS Foundation and Shambala Private Game Reserve for redistribution in the community of Vaalwater, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

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8 Apr

Building Relationships in the Vaalwater Community, Bridging the Trust Gap

n the image is the headmaster of the Moshia Secondary School, situated in the Alma a village in the Vaalwater district of Limpopo, Mr Setu, with the Trustee of the EMS Foundation and Shambala Private Game Reserve Mr Rajan Desraj, the Executive Director of the EMS Foundation, Michele Pickover, Patron of the EMS Foundation Mrs Elizabeth Steyn and Mayor Marlene van Staden with the local South African Police Station Commander. The image was taken at the celebration of the refurbishment of the Moshia Secondary School in 2020.

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4 Apr

I CHOOSE TO BE HERE – THE ART OF GIVING DURING THE GLOBAL COVID_19 PANDEMIC

The EMS Foundation's key purpose is to alleviate and end suffering, and provide dignity to the most vulnerable groups of people in South Africa. In keeping with our purpose we made the decision to assist the community leaders that we have aligned ourselves with. Food security for their people has become a priority to these community leaders

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23 Feb

THE MOSHIA SECONDARY SCHOOL PROJECT 2020 “Inspiring Greatness”

A team from Shambala and two parents of pupils at the school set to work to begin the transformation process. The project was funded by Shambala Private Game Reserve and the EMS Foundation. The management team from Shambala and two parents of pupils at the school carried out all the hard work and managed the project.

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4 Nov

The EMS Foundation Visits The Overstrand Whale Boxing Club

The EMS Foundations has supported the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club, in Hermanus in Cape Town South Africa since June 2019. The Patron and Executive Director of EMS Foundation, Liz Steyn and Michele Pickover expressed their satisfaction and joy at Boxing Club achievements in September and confirmed their support to training, competitions and travelling. “We believe in everything you are doing”. 

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15 Oct

Local Boxers Big Hit at Nationals

Overstrand Whale Boxing Club’s boxers marched through the streets of Zwelihle with a banner and posters to thank EMS Foundation for the organisation’s support. The talented young boxers also displayed the trophies they won at various boxing tournaments.

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7 Oct

Fighting for Positive Change

Coach and founder of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club (OWBC) Mzi Damesi has big dreams of taking boxing to local communities with a ‘pop-up’ boxing ring. “Boxing is a great sport: it teaches youngsters discipline, courage, self-defence skills and the resilience to handle life’s challenges,” he says.

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7 Oct

Local boxing Club Rakes in Awards

In Swellendam on 27 July, Siphamandla Damesi won the Newcomer of the Year Overberg Sport Council award. Siphamandla has been winning almost nothing but gold medals and trophies since 2018 and the club is hoping he will be chosen for the South African team for 2020.

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18 Jul

Donation of Tutudesks to schools in the Vaalwater area of Limpopo

The EMS Foundation and Shambala Private Game Reserve donated Tutu Desks to six schools in Limpopo Province to help make teaching and learning effective. Tutu desks are made to last each pupil the duration of the school career.

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16 Jul

Ability Organic Garden

The EMS Foundation currently supports the Ability Garden in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa. This is a food security project. Establishing food gardens at various organisations and schools is one of the EMS Foundation's key projects in South Africa.

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4 Jun

Local boxing club an inspiration to all

The RDP Centre in Zwelihle erupted into jubilant celebrations on Saturday afternoon, when the EMS Foundation handed over a substantial donation to the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club. The heart-warming handover ceremony, hosted by William Ntebe and Fikiswa Gxamesi of the Zwelihle Youth Café, kicked off when an overjoyed Coach Mzi Damesi and his more than […]

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28 May

OWBC Hits for Gold

The Overstrand Whale Boxing Club (OWBC) competed in a number of competitions recently: Coach Mzi would like to thank Liza van Coppenhagen for allowing them to do fundraising at the Hermanus Country Market, as well at the Hermanus community for their support. The funds raised allowed the boys to attend all three competitions. ©EMS Foundation […]

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